One of the most important skills to have when working with kids, whether you’re a parent or a coach is to be able to make things fun.
The funny thing is kids don’t really care what they are doing. They do want to have fun and enjoy themselves.
The specific activity doesn’t really matter. Keep that in mind when you’re trying to improve their fitness.
There are lots of ways, but a very easy and cheap technique to use is to use dice. Dice bring in an element of luck and make the activity a game. And kids (adults too) love games.
Have a series of exercises that the kids are to do. If you look at my blog posts, there’s tons of them to choose. Or you can pick up my book and there’s over 50 exercises with hundreds of variations. But you don’t need to do that.
Push-ups, sit-ups, burpees all work great. So do running sprints or doing jumps. So choose the exercises and have the kids roll the dice to see how many they are going to do.
If it’s running, you could set up cones and the number of the dice is how many cones they are going to run to.
Sure, sometimes they might roll a 2 or a 3 and it won’t be very difficult, but that’s the idea. Then when they roll a 10 or 12, they will be much more excited about doing it.
The other advantage of using dice for how many repetitions to do is that it keeps it varied. Always doing the same number gets boring. And you don’t want any part of your soccer or fitness program to be boring, do you?
So keep a set of dice with you. I also like to use the big foam dice. They work great on grass and that way, everyone can see them.
There are many ways that you can incorporate the dice in your program. Be creative and experiment. Your kids will love it!
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But perhaps you think that you always need to be increasing the repetitions to improve their fitness? While this is true for older kids (or athletes that are more skilled and in better shape) for beginning and younger athletes it isn’t that important.
They will improve no matter what they do. As long as they are doing something.